Wilshere Threatens to Quit Arsenal If Wenger Leaves
Jack Wilshere has threatened that he might also leave Arsenal if the incumbent manager Arsene Wenger is shown the door.
The Gunners boss is under immense pressure these days from the club’s fans due to his numerous failings in the transfer market. In a bid to stave off pressure from his mentor and give him some breathing space, Wilshere told Zapsportz.com: “I want to win things with Arsenal and I want to be there in the future, but if the boss leaves then things could change. Arsenal are always in my heart and by signing a deal for the next five years [it] shows my commitment to them and their commitment to me, so at the moment everything is good.
“Arsène Wenger has been there for so many years and he’s always delivered trophies. OK, we’ve had a little dip in the last five or six years, but he’s a great manager and people who question his ability are ridiculous. He’s qualified for the Champions’ League for 16 years so I think he’s the right man for the job.”
Gunners Tracking Real Madrid Duo
After conceding defeat in his pursuit of Liverpool ace Luis Suarez, Arsene Wenger has now turned his attention to Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. (The Telegraph)
The Spanish giants are widely reported to be on the verge of signing Tottenham superstar Gareth Bale for a world record fee, and so Wenger purportedly believes they might be willing to part ways with their French striker. So far there hasn’t been any indication that Real would finance Bale’s transfer by selling any of their prized assets, but there is a sense that a bid of around £40million would be enough for them to sanction Benzema’s sale.
He isn’t the only Madrid player the Gunners are interested in. Apparently, Argentine winger Angel Di Maria – whose place in Carlo Ancelotti’s side is under threat due to Isco’s signing and Bale’s potential arrival – is also wanted at the Emirates Stadium to take over on the left flank from German flop Lukas Podolski.
Hamburg Offer £2.6M for Bendtner
Arsenal outcast Nicklas Bendtner is the subject of a £2.6million offer from German club Hamburg, according to Goal.com
It is believed that the Gunners wouldn’t play hardball and allow the self-proclaimed ‘World Class’ talent to talk to the Bundesliga outfit. However, the player’s demands of wages in excess of £50,000 could once again scupper any chance of Arsenal getting rid of him permanently. His refusal to lower his wage demands is precisely the reason why his proposed transfers to clubs such as Malaga and Frankfurt failed earlier this summer.
Wenger Advised to Go For Benteke
Retired Aston Villa striker Tony Cascarino has advised Arsenal to stop chasing high-profile strikers and instead give a chance to the lesser-known but incredibly talented Villa centre-forward Christian Benteke. (Goal)
The Gunners have spent all summer trying to sign big-name forwards like Stevan Jovetic, Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez, etc, but despite offering huge sums, none of their efforts have proved fruitful. The latest player on coach Arsene Wenger’s radar is Real Madrid marksman Karim Benzema. Cascarino, however, thinks that the Gunners would be better served if they go for Benteke, who he believes is a superstar in the making.
Goal.com have quoted the 50-year-old as saying: “How no one’s bought him I don’t know. At the end of last season I thought he’d be the hottest-pursued player of the summer. I keep thinking ‘Am I missing something?. Maybe people are worried because he’s only had one year in the Premier League, but you only have to look at him. He drives past centre-backs with his pace.
“The goal he got at Stamford Bridge was fantastic: Great touch, great finish. Forget about his pace, his power, his heading ability, that’s what he can do. He slaughtered Liverpool at Anfield last season. If I was Arsene Wenger I’d forget about £40 million for Luis Suarez – I’d bid £40m for Benteke, straight away.”
Gunners’ Bid For Cabaye Must Favour Magpies – Pardew
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew says that any improved offer that Arsenal make for his star midfielder Yohan Cabaye must be extremely favourable to the Magpies and not anyone else.
The Gunners are expected to return with a second offer for the France international after their opening bid of £10million was rebuffed by NUFC owner Mike Ashley. While not ruling out Cabaye’s exit, Pardew has made it clear that his club would only sell if their valuation of the player is matched in full.
Talking to the press, he said: “The most important thing about this whole scenario is that the club wins. The club has to win, no-one else. That is what comes first on my shift and I am [the] manager of this football club and will do what is best for the club. You cannot go on a forecourt of a car showroom and say to the dealership: ‘Here is my valuation and I’m just going to drive it off’. We have had one bid [from Arsenal] and it was not acceptable.”